Jesse Eisenberg and Dakota Fanning are in talks to star in Kelly Reichardt’s indie thriller “Night Moves,” which will also star Peter Sarsgaard.
Written by Reichardt (“Wendy and Lucy”), story follows three eco-terrorists who plot to blow up a dam.
Eisenberg will play the ringleader, while Fanning will play a wealthy young girl who funds the plan. Sarsgaard will play the mastermind behind the bomb.
Eisenberg replaces Reichardt’s “Meek’s Cutoff” star Paul Dano, who was attached as recently as February. Rooney Mara was also approached to star last year, though she was never officially involved with the project.
Reichardt’s longtime collaborators Neil Kopp and Anish Savjani are producing through the latter’s Film Science banner, while Todd Haynes is expected to exec produce, having served that role on Reichardt’s past three features. Producers are aiming to start production this October in Oregon.
Eisenberg, who can currently be seen in Woody Allen’s “To Rome With Love” and IFC Films’ “Why Stop Now,” recently wrapped Louis Leterrier’s magician heist pic “Now You See Me.” The Oscar-nominated “Social Network” star is currently filming two roles in Richard Ayoade’s indie comedy “The Double.” He’s repped by CAA and attorney Patti Felker.
Fanning, who will soon be seen in “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2,” has three indie pics in the can, including Ol Parker’s “Now Is Good,” Alan and Gabe Polsky’s “The Motel Life” and the Emma Thompson-scripted “Effie.” Thesp is currently filming Naomi Foner’s “Very Good Girls” with Elizabeth Olsen, Demi Moore and Sarsgaard. She’s repped by WME, One Talent Management and attorney Steve Warren.
IFC Films has just released a brand new behind the scenes look at their film Why Stop Now.
Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Melissa Leo, Tracy Morgan
Director: Phil Dorling, Ron Nyswaner
Release Date: August 17th, 2012
Yes, Jesse Eisenberg and Melissa Leo have made their first film together with “Why Stop Now.” But while they are both known for being solid dramatic actors, the feature debut from writing and directing pair Phil Dorling and Ron Nyswaner finds them exercising their excellent comic skills instead.
Co-starring Tracy Morgan, “Why Stop Now” tells the story of Eli (Eisenberg), a piano prodigy who is getting ready for an audition that will determine his future and career. However, his responsibilties to his sister and drug-addicted mother (Leo) may get in the way. Given the simple task of dropping off his Mom at rehab, things take an unexpected turn, forcing him to enlist the help of an unlikely ally, her drug dealer Sprinkles (Morgan). The day spirals downhill quickly, and the hapless team must collaborate every step of the way to battle their own demons and get Eli out of the rabbit hole. This exclusive clip from the film (which also features the always excellent Isiah Whitlock Jr.) showcases all four in a frenzied car ride and gives a nice peek at the comic energy Eisenberg, Leo and Morgan bring to the picture.
“Why Stop Now” is now available to watch on SundanceNOW, VOD and other digital platforms (iTunes, Amazon Streaming, PS3, XBOX) and it will hit theaters August 17th. Check out the clip below.
New Video from Jesse Eisenberg and The Humane Society of the United States Highlights the Plight of Exotic Birds
“Think twice” before buying a parrot advises Eisenberg
In a newly released video, Academy Award™-nominated actor Jesse Eisenberg has joined forces with The Humane Society of the United States to speak out about the inhumane treatment of exotic birds. Eisenberg was the voice of a macaw in the hugely successful animated feature film “Rio” which highlighted the trafficking in exotic birds and the decimation of wild populations, and is set to reprise the role in the upcoming sequel, “Rio 2.”
Leave wild birds in the wild
In the video, Eisenberg asks that people think twice before buying an exotic pet bird, as the growing demand for parrots and other popular species fuels the global exotic bird trade and accounts for the countless homeless parrots overwhelming rescue groups and animal shelters across the United States.
“If an animal’s natural home is in the wild, then chances are, that’s where it belongs,” Eisenberg states in the video. “Unfortunately, the demand for these intelligent, complex creatures—whether captive-bred or wild caught—is decimating the wild parrot species.”
Recent rescue of more than 100 birds
Eisenberg’s appeal comes on the heels of cruelty charges filed recently against an Ohio facility from which more than 130 parrots and other birds were rescued in May. The Humane Society of Greater Dayton and the Moraine police department called in The HSUS’s Animal Rescue Team to assist with the seizure of the birds, who were living in deplorable conditions and appeared to suffer from malnutrition, dehydration, mental distress, and zoonotic diseases.
Abandonment a growing problem
“We are grateful to Jesse Eisenberg for helping us to raise awareness of the growing problem of unwanted captive birds in this country,” said Adam Parascandola, director of animal cruelty investigations for The HSUS. “Parrots are highly intelligent, social, and long-lived animals whose complex needs cannot be met by most owners, which is why so many are abandoned.”
Many of the millions of parrots kept as pets in the U.S. are captive-bred, but many still find their way here via the illegal trade in wild-caught parrots, despite the U.S. ban on their importation.
You can help
There are many ways to do something for parrots and other captive birds:
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Director Philip Dorling of the new film, Why Stop Now starring Jesse Eisenberg, Tracy Morgan, and Melisso Leo, will be the highlight of an upcoming New York Film Academy Alumni Spotlight. Philip wants to hear from you. He asked film students and aspiring filmmakers to pick his brain. So, what question would you ask the director who was once a film student at NYFA like you?
The film is available on-demand right now, on the following services: SundanceNOW, iTunes, Amazon Streaming, PS3, and XBOX. It will hit theaters on August 17th.
The bittersweet story of Eli Smith, a piano prodigy, and his mother Penny who despite her cheerful, loving disposition, struggles with drug addiction. On the day of his audition for a prestigious music program, Eli’s mother plans to enter rehab, but a glitch in the system forces them to enlist the help of an unlikely ally, her drug dealer Sprinkles. Circumstances conspire that turn them into a comical yet determined band of collaborators who are forced to deal with their internal demons over the course of the day.
Jesse Eisenberg blew up after starring as Mark Zuckerberg in the 2010 Facebook film The Social Network.
And though he is still fairly young, this is by no means his first
rodeo; he has a considerable body of work behind him. In fact, he made
his professional acting debut in an off-Broadway play called The Gathering, followed by a bow on Broadway as an understudy in the 1996 revival of Tennessee Williams’ play Summer and Smoke.
After receiving an actor’s dream education in these high-quality
productions, Eisenberg began delving into TV and film projects. He
starred in the 1999-2000 series Get Real alongside Anne Hathaway and then appeared in indie films like Roger Dodger. After breaking through in a leading role in Zombieland
opposite Woody Harrelson, it wasn’t long until he was chosen to portray
Mark Zuckerberg, one of the most successful young people in the history
of the United States. After voicing Blu in the film Rio, hosting Saturday Night Live, Eisenberg is still staying busy. Stay tuned to see what he does next.
A play by the actor Jesse Eisenberg is one of five world premieres that will highlight the 2012-13 season for the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, the company announced. Mr. Eisenberg (“The Social Network”) was nominated for a Drama League Award this year for his previous Rattlestick production, “Asuncion,” which he wrote and starred in. His forthcoming drama, “The Revisionist,” focuses on a struggling writer who travels to Poland to stay with his 73-year-old second cousin, who is a Holocaust survivor. The play will be directed by Kip Fagan, with performances scheduled to begin on Feb. 6 at the Cherry Lane Theater.
The season will start on Sept. 13 with “Through the Yellow Hour,” a new play written and directed by Adam Rapp (“Red Light Winter”), about one woman’s attempt to survive apocalyptic events. That is to be followed by, among others, “The Correspondent,” written by Ken Urban (“The Private Lives of Eskimos”), and “Basilica,” written by Mando Alvarado (“The Yellow Brick Road”).
Emmy winner Jake Hamilton travels to Las Vegas to visit the set of NOW YOU SEE ME (in theaters Spring 2013) and talk with stars Jesse Eisenberg and Dave Franco — only on JAKE’S TAKES! Follow Jake around the world at twitter.com/jakestakes